Tottenham secured a remarkable qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League as Lucas Moura’s 85th-minute equaliser earned a priceless point against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Spurs, with one point from their first three games but coming off two straight wins in Group B, needed to match or better Inter Milan’s result at home to PSV Eindhoven and had faced elimination when Inter’s Mauro Icardi cancelled out PSV’s opener.

Moura’s goal swung the advantage back in Spurs’ favour but an agonising wait followed before it was confirmed Inter had failed to find a winner against the group’s bottom side.

Tottenham had gone behind to Ousmane Dembele’s early strike but then peppered Barcelona’s defence with wave after wave of attacks, with both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min going close.

They finally made the decisive breakthrough five minutes from the end when substitute Moura, who moments earlier had a header cleared off the line, fired in.

Spurs become only the eighth side to qualify from the group stage after claiming only one point from their first three games.

If Spurs had been eliminated then they would have looked back on how they only once managed to beat goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

The Dutchman, who replaced first-choice Marc-Andre ter Stegen, was exceptional throughout and his clawed save to keep out Moura’s earlier effort came after superb stops to deny Son and Christian Eriksen.

Kane was also denied by the makeshift Barcelona defence when his header was cleared off the line by Miranda.

But, like the rest of his team-mates, Kane persevered and with time running out his pinpoint cross found Moura whose first-time finish sealed Spurs’ qualification – an achievement that seemed so improbable just a few weeks ago.

If Spurs had been eliminated then they would have looked back on how they only once managed to beat goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

The Dutchman, who replaced first-choice Marc-Andre ter Stegen, was exceptional throughout and his clawed save to keep out Moura’s earlier effort came after superb stops to deny Son and Christian Eriksen.

Kane was also denied by the makeshift Barcelona defence when his header was cleared off the line by Miranda.

But, like the rest of his team-mates, Kane persevered and with time running out his pinpoint cross found Moura whose first-time finish sealed Spurs’ qualification – an achievement that seemed so improbable just a few weeks ago.

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